Equestrian Center and Stables Golden Gate Park
Equestrian enthusiasts can experience the park on horseback. Chaparral Ranch offers trail rides, children’s pony rides, horse camp & riding lesson
Equestrian enthusiasts can now experience Golden Gate Park on horseback. offers trail rides, children’s pony rides, horse camp and riding lessons. The company has provided trail rides to San Francisco families at Camp Mather for the past two years.
Chaparral Ranch will offer free visits for San Francisco public schools and underserved communities and make its facility available to local organizations such as therapeutic riding programs for disabled and disadvantaged youth. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
History of Bercut Equitation Field
Golden Gate Park has a rich history dating all the way back to the 1860’s. Much of this history includes horses. Horses played an integral part in the forestation of Golden Gate Park. Before 1904 only horses and bikes were allowed in the park, then came the cars. As time passed the horses' use changed and horses became scarcer in the park and surrounding city. Horses were used for transportation, helped with the US lifesaving station, pulled wagons and carriages, brought building materials and other products to the park, pulled floats, carried policemen, held races and games in the Polo field, helped with military functions, pulled streetcars and were an integral; part of Kesar stadium.
In 2001 the main stable in Golden Gate Park was closed ending a 130-year span of horses in the park.
The horse today is still alive in the park. Thanks to forward-thinking people the horse was brought back to the park in 2019. Chaparral Ranch contracted with the city and county of San Francisco to bring back lessons, trail rides, camps, and other horse activities to the Bercut Equitation field.
Info provided by: San Francisco Rec and Park